The first human infected with the West Nile Virus this year in Dallas County was a resident of Lake Highlands ZIP code 75231.

Our neighbor was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, a more severe complication from the virus. Mild symptoms include fever, headache and muscle aches.

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile Virus, making avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to keep from getting West Nile Virus.

Use these practices, the 4Ds, from Dallas County Health and Human Services to keep from getting those bites.

  • DEET: Use insect repellants that contain DEET or another EPA approved repellent any time you’re outside.
  • Dress: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing when you’re outdoors.
  • Drain: Drain or treat any standing water you find around your home or place of work. This is where mosquitos lay their eggs. Residents experiencing a mosquito problem can call DCHHS at 214-819-2115 or click here to set up a free service request.
  • Dawn and Dusk: Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk, so limit your time outdoors during those parts of the day.

Mosquitos samples in ZIP codes within Cedar Hill, Dallas, Highlands Park, Mesquite and University Park have tested positive for carrying the virus so far this year. No samples from Lake Highlands’ five ZIP codes have tested position as of July 19.